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Senior Control Systems Engineer

Zap Energy

Zap Energy

Software Engineering
Everett, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2024
Zap Energy is searching for a highly skilled and experienced control systems engineer to join the Data Acquisition and Controls team in R&D. In this role, you will lead the technical design and implementation of complex cyberphysical systems that execute Zap Energy's state-of-the-art plasma fusion science and pulsed power tests. This role requires broad competency in variety of software, electronics, communication, and hardware domains to meet the needs of Zap's variety of research platforms.

Required Qualifications
  • At least 10 years' experience in design and implementation of control systems for industrial science research or engineering platforms.
  • At least 5 years' experience in distributed control systems.
  • At least 5 years' experience serving as technical lead and primary contributor for control systems projects.
  • Proficiency in multiple commonly used control systems programming languages such as Labview, C, C++, Java, Python, Erlang, Elixir, TwinCAT, IEC 61131-3 languages for PLCs like Structured Text and Ladder Logic
  • Proficiency in multiple commonly used control systems communication protocols such as Labview Shared Variables, Modbus, EtherCAT, OPC, EPICS, MQTT
Desired Qualifications
  • Competency in electronics design, schematic capture, and fabrication using packages such as Altium, KiCAD, Autodesk EAGLE, or similar.
  • Experience in control for plasma or pulsed power systems
  • Experience with clock synchronization technologies such as EtherCAT, White Rabbit, PTP 1588, or similar
  • Experience working with and mentoring junior team members
  • Experience designing for noisy environments with high EMI
  • Experience designing or integrating with human safety systems

Benefits of joining Zap Energy: While doing meaningful work is rewarding in itself, we also offer the following programs and benefits for all employees:
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Premium medical / dental / vision insurance
  • Flexible vacation and paid company holidays
The estimated annual salary range for this position is $115k-145K. Candidates may be considered for other positions at Zap Energy and the actual salary will be based on relevant education, experience, and other qualifications. The range is published in accordance with the Washington Equal Pay and Opportunity Act.

Zap Energy is building a low-cost, compact, and scalable fusion energy platform that confines and compresses plasma without the need for expensive and complex magnetic coils. Zap’s sheared-flow-stabilized Z-pinch technology provides compelling fusion economics and requires orders of magnitude less capital than conventional approaches. Zap Energy has approximately 150 team members in multiple facilities near Seattle and is backed by leading financial and strategic investors.

Zap Energy Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws and regulations.
Questions on this position can be sent to careers@zapenergyinc.com.